22: Microsoft Surface Outsells iPad and How to Obtain More One Drive Storage and Free Office 365
Microsoft Surface Outsold Apple iPad in October
Apple’s reluctance to create an OSX tablet hybrid and choosing to concentrate their efforts on an iPad with a bigger screen instead could be an incredibly costly mistake. Despite the iPad’s dominance on the tablet sales charts since its arrival in 2010, there now seems to be a slight chink in the armor of Apple’s flagship models.
WinBeta received an early version of an upcoming and report that revealed how Microsoft tablets have overtaken the Apple iPad in October 2015. The study was based on 100 retailers in the United States, that are collectively responsible for over 95 percent of physical products ordered online and has prompted many to wonder if these are early signs indicating a gradual decline in Apple’s fortunes.
These kind of reports often polarize opinion and are responsible for many a heated debate between an Apple crowd that will point out how Apple’s stock price is currently booming while Android fans will eagerly point out how Android sells more devices if we are talking pure numbers. Meanwhile, Microsoft can smile knowingly with the knowledge that their tablet two in one solution is shaking things up more than all of the others care to admit.
The very idea of Apple being beaten in Tablet sales by Microsoft should not be underestimated and even though they still have a great deal of catching up to do, they now find themselves in a very strong second position. The Surface is proving to be a real game changer for Microsoft and will no longer be ignored.
There is a growing belief that consumers are finally waking up to the fact that the limited capabilities and connectivity which frequent tablets is making their devices impractical for heavy use and impossible for users to dump their laptop once and for all. Although, nobody wants to return to the humble PC, the Microsoft Surface is filling the gap as a halfway house that offers consumers the best of both worlds.
Microsoft Listens to 72,000 Complaints and Offers More Cloud Storage
Microsoft has infamously become the leaders of the pack where indecision and backtracking are concerned for some time now so we shouldn’t be too surprised to hear they have been caught performing U-turns yet again.
Office 365 subscribers recently learned that the unlimited storage they were promised upon signing up for the service was about to be culled while the limit for free users was also heavily cut back from 15GB to a meager 5GB.
The PR disaster both angered and frustrated their customers in equal measure and their inability to anticipate consumer reaction after downgrading services they use every day was more than a little worrisome for a company that was attempting to drive adoption and attract new users of their OneDrive cloud storage.
After over 72,000 complaints, Microsoft to their credit has offered an apology along with a link to claim back some much needed free storage. Microsoft Group Program Manager Douglas Pierce advised, “In November, we made a business decision to reduce storage limits for OneDrive. Since then, we’ve heard clearly from our Windows and OneDrive fans about the frustration and disappointment we have caused.”
Microsoft is now offering their users of OneDrive an opportunity to keep their existing 15GB of free storage and the 15GB camera roll bonus taking them up to a more respectable 30GB for free. What’s the catch? This allowance will not automatically upgrade, and users have to opt-in to update and save these latest storage changes by clicking on a link before January 31st, 2016.
This is where things get quite interesting because there is also an alternative option. OneDrive users who are over the new controversial 5GB storage cap during the transition early next year will be given a 1-terabyte storage limit for 12 months, and if this isn’t enough, they will also throw in a free 12-month subscription to Office 365 too for savvy users who play the game.